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Youth Empowerment

About Us

The Office of Youth Empowerment houses our youth advocacy, college enrichment, training, and mentoring programs. These positive youth development projects are supported by the NJ Department of Children and Families, the Price Family Foundation, and various private donors, and focus on the effective support, guidance and engagement of more than 500 youth who have experienced foster care and/or homelessness. The Office also leads our Campus Champions Advisory Board to raise visibility and enhance university support for former foster youth.

Maureen Braun-Scalera, LCSW
Director, Office of Youth Empowerment
848-932-0502 Office

Office of Youth Empowerment

Price Family Fellows

Funded since June 2013,by the Price Family Foundation, the Price Family Fellows is a Rutgers University-based supportive program for students already accepted into the University on the New Brunswick campus who are current or former foster care youth with experience in the child welfare system as an adolescent. Youth take part in life skills workshops, research, and goal setting for financial and personal needs.

This includes, but is not limited to:

  • A nurturing environment where fellows can expect to receive quality and supportive coaching on a one-on-one basis
  • Educational workshops to help fellows realize and work towards their educational, career, and personal goals
  • Housing and food stipends for each fellow during school break periods, if needed
  • A textbook stipend to assist with the purchase¬†of text books and related academic materials
  • A laptop for academic, professional, and personal use for new Price fellows
  • A research fellowship allowing each fellow to engage in original research under the mentorship of a Rutgers University faculty or staff member, or an internship related to the career interests of our students

The following organizations are currently hosting our students: Rutgers Business School, the W.M. Keck Center for Collaborative Neuroscience, Rutgers Department of Women and Gender Studies, Rutgers Office of Public Health Practice, ABOVE Art Studio, and The Puerto Rican Action Board (PRAB) in New Brunswick.

The Price Family Fellows Program at Rutgers University is grateful to our funder, the Price Family Foundation, for their generous support of this program.

Adam Staats
Project Coordinator
848-932-8265 (Office)

Price Family Fellows
Office of Youth Empowerment
Price Family Fellows